Nov. 24 is National Opt-out Day from airport back-scatter scanners
Time to call BS on TSA's kabuki theater of airport security:
"As public anger grows over the TSA's body scanners and intrusive new airport pat-down procedure, a Web site is urging travelers to "opt out" from the body scanners and instead choose to have a pat-down in public view, so that everyone can "see for themselves how the government treats law-abiding citizens."
declares November 24 to be the day when air travelers should refuse to submit to a full body scan and choose the enhanced pat-down -- an option many travelers have described as little short of a molestation."
posted by TDIpod
on Nov 10, 2010 -
Mark takes us on the A380
(warning: image heavy) from Dubai to New York with meticulous photographic detail. For $7300 you can fly the A380
with access to amenities like showers
and a full-service bar
, and stroll down to see the plebs in steerage
. Arguably the last time a flying hotel was tried in earnest was the post-WWII Boeing 377 Stratocruiser
, a staple of Pacific routes until jet-powered 707s appeared on the scene.
posted by crapmatic
on Nov 20, 2008 -
It smells like dirty socks, wet dog, oil, chemicals, gymnasiums, burning, vomit
, and more. It induces blurred vision, disorientation, shaking and tremors, vertigo, seizures, loss of consciousness, respiratory failure, depression, sleep disorders, salivation, nausea and diarrhoea
among other symptoms. Is "toxic airline syndrome"
the new Gulf War Syndrome? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel
on Jan 7, 2008 -
looks like its just getting off the ground, but if you travel much, you know the hassle of finding a power outlet in an airport. Hopefully it grows fast and furiously.
posted by allkindsoftime
on Jul 26, 2006 -
All US Air Passengers to be Profiled, and 1% Will be Banned from Boarding.
In the most aggressive -- and, some say, invasive -- step yet, the federal government and the airlines will phase in a computer system next year to measure the risk posed by every passenger on every flight in the United States. Up to 8 percent of passengers who board flights will be coded "yellow" and pulled for additional screening. An estimated 1 to 2 percent will be labeled "red" and will be prohibited from boarding. These passengers also will face police questioning and may be arrested. [More Inside....]
posted by Dunvegan
on Sep 9, 2003 -
Southeast Airlines has plans to install digital video cameras
throughout the cabins of its planes to record the faces and activities of its passengers at all times. Furthermore, the charter airline will store the digitized video for up to 10 years. And it may use face recognition software to match faces to names and personal records.
posted by Irontom
on Jul 18, 2003 -
"If your name is David Nelson
you can expect to be hassled, delayed, questioned and searched before being allowed to board aircraft anywhere in the United States for the foreseeable future."
posted by elwoodwiles
on May 15, 2003 -
Is this so called heighted security?
Why are we permitting people to bring on carry on luggage at all? If the airlines are unwilling to put a skymarshal on every flight then they need to arm the pilots. We really need to take much stronger steps in this area than the feeble attempts taken thus far.
posted by Wong Fei-hung
on Aug 29, 2002 -
Not sitting at the front of the Airbus? Then maybe you need to pack a light bag, book a tight itinerary and rack up those miles. Here's a nice tool
for finding efficient flights. Otherwise the terrorists have already won.. ha!.
posted by Real9
on Jan 31, 2002 -
Pee on a plane and get 20......years.
After consuming alcohol, prescription sleeping tablets and cocaine, Rodrigo Deambrosio urinated on seats and threatened to bring the plane down. He may now face 20 years if convicted. Mr. Deambrosio insists it was the drugs he consumed but we all know it was the United Airlines service that drove him to his fit of rage.
posted by lostbyanecho
on Jan 6, 2002 -
Fear of flying?
New security measures are being discussed. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta says, "These terrorist acts are designed to steal the confidence of Americans. We will restore that confidence."
posted by prozaction
on Sep 12, 2001 -
is upping the chance you'll be able to surf while you fly.. Question is: will more of these devices also mean a lower price?
posted by jackstark
on Jun 12, 2001 -
Boeing's new boat
will be able to fly 6,000 nautical to 10,000 nautical miles nonstop which means it could circle the earth having to only refuel twice. The linked page includes a nice rendering of what the plane will look like (with concords permanently grounded, boeing might actually pull this off)
posted by Zebulun
on Apr 30, 2001 -
NPR's Savvy Traveler did a bit on this site; apparently it tells you the odds of a crash on your chosen flight. Question is, do I want to know?
posted by stevis
on Mar 3, 2001 -
Hey! What's this thing suddenly coming toward me very fast? Very, very fast. So big and flat and round...
Are you one of those people in search of a new extreme sport? Have you considered spacediving
posted by Aaaugh!
on Feb 5, 2001 -